Looking for suburban egg hunts? Bunny visits? Check out our list
It's that time of year again when a candy-hiding rabbit hippety-hops into town, colors a bunch of eggs and makes more guest appearances than Tom Hanks promoting his latest movie.
Look around in the coming days and you're almost certain to spot the Bunny toting his signature basket.
Just in case you find Mr. Long Ears a bit elusive, however, here are some tips on where you'll be sure to find him …
Itasca Park District's Eggstreme Teen Night: 8-8:15 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Washington Park, 350 E. Irving Park Road, Itasca. Free egg hunt with candy and gift card prizes. Info: www.itascaparkdistrict.com.
Winfield Park District's Flashlight Egg Hunt: 8 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Lions Park, 27W626 Beecher Ave., Winfield. Bring a flashlight and basket/bag to collect the eggs. Offered for preschool to kindergarten at 8 p.m. and first to fourth grade at 8:20 p.m. Rainout date is April 13. Register at winfieldparkdistrict.com.
Addison Park District's Easter Egg Hunt & Pancake Breakfast: 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Community Rec Center, 20 E. Oak St. Free egg hunt at 10:30 a.m. for ages 10 and younger. Addison Kiwanis Club's all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast is from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Donations to the club accepted at the door. Photos with the Easter Bunny from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Visit addisonparks.org.
Glendale Heights Easter Egg Hunt: 8:15 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Safety Town, 301 Civic Center Plaza. Egg hunts with adult assistance required at 8:15 a.m. for ages 5 or younger and 9 a.m. for ages 6 to 8. Children only at 9:30 a.m. for ages 5 to 6 and 10 a.m. for ages 7 to 8. Free. Info: www.ghprf.com.
Easter Eggstravaganza: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Deerpath Middle School, 95 W. Deerpath Road, Lake Forest. Enjoy family fun and entertainment with games, crafts, face painting, balloon artist, pictures with the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt. Bring your baskets. Call John Eldridge at (847) 810-3940. Register at bit.ly/2DTCRdI.
Gurnee Easter egg hunt: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Viking Park, 4374 Old Grand Avenue, Gurnee. Participate in an egg hunt and get pictures with the Easter Bunny. Visit www.gurneeparkdistrict.com.
Egg Hunt Extravaganza: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 13, Arlington Heights Historical Society, 110 W. Fremont St., Arlington Heights. Children ages 10 and younger are invited to race around the grounds of the Arlington Heights Historical Society for treat-filled eggs. Following the egg hunt, families are invited to explore the museum with a scavenger hunt. Registration is required to participate. $6 per child; children of historical society members are free. Visit www.facebook.com/events/398921134000005.
Algonquin egg hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Towne Park, 100 Jefferson St., Algonquin. For ages 12 and younger; features 10,000 eggs. All participants must be accompanied by an adult. To ensure safety, participants will be grouped by age. Free. Visit www.algonquin.org.
Lake in the Hills egg hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Village Hall, 600 Harvest Gate, Lake in the Hills. Children will be grouped by age. Eggs will be filled with candy and prizes. Easter Bunny on hand for photos. Limit of 12 eggs per child. Free. Visit www.lith.org.
Bensenville Egg Hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Varble Park and Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood St. Hundreds of candy-filled eggs. Activities, including games, crafts, inflatables and photos with Easter Bunny, continue until 12:15 p.m. Info: bensenvilleparkdistrict.org.
Lindenhurst Park District Egg Hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Millennium Park, 201 Country Place Lane, Lindenhurst. Kids ages 2-8 will hunt for eggs by age group. An Egg Toss Challenge and Egg Spoon Race are also available for ages 9-11. The eggs will be filled with prize tickets or candy. The bunny will be on-hand for photos. Don't forget baskets. Call (847) 356-6011 or visit www.lindenhurstparks.org.
Lisle Easter egg hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Community Park Bandshell, 1825 Short St., Lisle. Ages 2 or younger and 3-4 at 10 a.m. sharp, followed by ages 5-6, 7-10 at 10:20 a.m. sharp. Preregistration is suggested. Arrive 10 minutes before your hunt time. Bring a basket. Each egg contains a prize. Bring a camera for a photo with the Easter Bunny. Cost is $7 for residents; $10 for nonresidents. It is $10 on April 13. Register at lisleparkdistrict.org.
Bunny Bash: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. Enjoy an outdoor egg hunt and take a picture with the Bunny. Other activities include a train ride, moon jumps, games and crafts. Pony rides and a petting zoo also will be available, weather permitting. Cost is $12 if registered by April 12, and day-of registration is $15. No charge for children younger than 2 years and parents. Call (847) 490-7020 or visit parkfun.com.
Wheaton Easter Egg Hunt: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at St. Matthew United Church of Christ, 1420 S. Gables Blvd., Wheaton. Free egg hunt starts promptly at 10 a.m. Enjoy treats and activities after the hunt. The Easter Bunny is looking forward to meeting you and having his picture-taken, so bring your camera. The hunt is planned for outside, but will be moved inside if necessary. Visit www.stmatthewucc.org.
Wood Dale Park District's 'Egg-cellent' Egg Hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Franzen Grove Park, 651 N. Wood Dale Road. Bring a bag or basket. Kids, preschool to fifth grade, can also win a Big Wheel Original Race. $3 in advance, $5 at the gate. Preregistration recommended at wdparks.org.
Geneva Park District egg hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. There will be two designated egg hunt areas: one for children ages 4 and younger, and one for ages 5 and older. Egg hunt begins promptly at 10 a.m. Free. Call (630) 232-4542.
Hampshire egg hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Seyller Park, 400 E. Jefferson, Hampshire. Bring your own basket. Some eggs contain special prizes. Easter Bunny will be present for photos. Free. Visit www.hampshireparkdistrict.org/programs.
St. Charles egg hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, River View Miniature Golf, 8 North Ave., St. Charles. For ages 9 and younger. Arrive 15 minutes early and bring your own basket. Parents are asked to limit their child to 10 eggs. Free. Visit stcparks.org.
Sugar Grove egg hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Volunteer Park, 31 S. Main St., Sugar Grove. For ages 10 and younger. Children will be divided into age groups. Bring a basket, as well as a camera for photos with the Bunny. Free. Visit sgparks.org.
Cantigny Easter egg hunt: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14, at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton. Hundreds of plastic eggs will be hidden on the property at this colorful rain or shine event for all ages. A map issued at the parking booth will guide you to activity locations. Take a photo with Mr. or Mrs. Easter Bunny and enjoy a craft project at the Visitors Center. Bring a basket or decorate a carrying bag. Parking is $5. Visit Cantigny.org or call (630) 668-5161.
Helicopter Egg Drop; Cupcakes for a Cause and Bunny Eggstravaganza: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, on the football field at Conant High School, 700 E. Cougar Trail, Hoffman Estates. $5 per child. Ages 9 and younger only. Includes one raffle ticket for prize baskets and a coupon for a free custard from Culver's in Schaumburg. Purchase tickets at adc.d211.org Stay for the Cupcakes for a Cause and Bunny Eggstravaganza from 10 a.m.-noon in the cafeteria. Cupcakes are $2 each or $20 for a dozen. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics. Bunny Eggstravaganza includes kids crafts, games, raffles, balloon sculptor, Frisbee toss and a visit with Peter Cotton Tail, more.
Bloomingdale's Bunny Bash Easter egg hunt: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Circle Park and the Westfield gymnasiums. The egg hunt starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. in Circle Park, 163 Fairfield Way. The Bunny Bash follows shortly thereafter, running 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. at the adjacent Westfield Middle School gym. Both events are free. Activities include a bounce house, coloring contests, craft activities, games, entertainment, pictures with the Bunny, refreshments, book walk with the Bloomingdale Public Library and more. All Bunny Bash participants must pick up a wristband at the Johnston Recreation Center. The egg hunt does not require a wristband. Visit www.bloomingdaleparks.org.
Batavia Easter egg hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at a new location, Rotolo Middle School, 1501 S. Raddant Road. Batavia Park District staff will divide kids into age groups at 9:45 a.m. and the hunt will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Be sure to be on the lookout for some special golden prize eggs hidden in each age section to win Easter goody baskets. Come early to take a photograph with the Easter Bunny. Bring a nonperishable food item or paper product to be donated to the Batavia Food Pantry. Held rain or shine. Visit www.bataviaparks.org.
Spring Egg Hunt Extravaganza: 10 a.m. Friday, April 19, Community Park, 1401 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein. Ages 2-7, will hunt for eggs by age group. After the hunt, take pictures with the Bunny and enjoy a petting zoo with real bunnies. Bring a basket or bag and dress for the weather. Visit mundeleinparks.org.
Lombard Park District Egg Hunt: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Lombard Common field east of Paradise Bay, St. Charles Road and Edgewood Avenue. Bring a basket. Find eggs, prizes, and candy at this free egg hunt with ages 4 or younger at 10:40 a.m. sharp, and ages 5 to 10 at 11 a.m. Mr. Bunny may even make a guest appearance. Parents are allowed to accompany children but not assist in the collection of eggs. Call (630) 620-7322 or visit www.villageoflombard.org.
Long Grove Egg Hunt: 10:30 to noon Saturday, April 13, across from Kildeer Countryside School, 145 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. Ages 1-16 will hunt by age group. Egg hunt starts at 11 a.m. Includes DJ, petting zoo, craft table, face painting, tractor rides and more. A jelly bean scavenger hunt will follow the egg hunt. Visit longgrove.org.
Wheaton Easter egg hunt: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at St. Matthew United Church of Christ, 1420 S. Gables Blvd., Wheaton. Free egg hunt starts promptly at 10 a.m. Enjoy treats and activities after the hunt. The Easter Bunny is looking forward to meeting you and having his picture-taken, so bring your camera. The hunt is planned for outside, but will be moved inside if necessary. Visit www.stmatthewucc.org.
Mooseheart egg hunt: 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13 at Mooseheart's football field, 255 James J. Davis Drive, Mooseheart (between North Aurora and Batavia, two miles north of I-88 on Illinois Route 31). Gates open at 10 a.m. and activities continue until 1 p.m. Activities include face painting, a "bounce house," a petting zoo, pony rides and photos with the bunny. $5 parking fee. Call (630) 906-3601 or visit www.mooseheart.org.
Easter Outreach event: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 101 S. Sixth Ave. in St. Charles. Egg hunts for ages 2-11, bounce houses, food available for purchase, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Depending on the weather, parts of the event may be moved inside. Visit www.stmarkslife.org/events/.
Grayslake Park District Egg Hunt: 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Central Park, 250 Library Lane, Grayslake. Space is limited; register by Friday, April 12. For ages 1-7. $7 for residents, $9 residents. Visit www.glpd.com.
Immanuel School's Easter Egg Hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Immanuel Lutheran School gym, 5 S. Van Buren St., East Dundee. In addition to the egg hunt, there will be family crafts and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Visit www.immanuel-ed.org
Lake Zurich Egg Hunt: Noon Saturday, April 13, Breezewald Park, 125 N. Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich. Ages 2 -10 will hunt for eggs. Dress for the weather and bring a bag or basket. Visit lakezurich.org.
Kids and Dogs Easter egg hunt: 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake, 5N600 Hanson Road in St. Charles. Free outdoor event, so dress for weather. They ask that all dogs are on a leash. There will be treats, snacks, and giveaways for participants. Visit www.facebook.com/GraceOfLilyLake/.
Bensenville Flashlight Egg Hunt: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Fischer Farm, 16W680 Grand Ave. Hunt begins at 7:45 p.m., with field divided by age group. Make an Easter-themed craft or eat s'mores by the fire. Easter Bunny available from 6:30 p.m. Info: bensenvilleparkdistrict.org.
Underwater EGGstravaganza: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, The Water Works, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. Join Bunny for a swim at The Water Works. Egg hunts, entertainment, games and prizes are part of the fun. Egg hunts will be in the zero depth pool and parents will be able to assist small children. All participants must be registered prior to the day of the event. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Adults are free. There will be scheduled egg hunts per age group throughout the evening. Don't forget your bathing suit and a basket to collect eggs. This event is for ages 1 to 11 years old. Cost is $12 for residents and $18 for nonresidents per child. Visit www.parkfun.com.
Flashlight Egg Scramble: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, Dunbar Recreation Center, 888 Dunbar Road, Mundelein. Ages 8-12 can bring a flashlight and bag or basket for an egg hunt, followed by pizza and games. Registration required. $12 for Mundelein residents, $15 for nonresidents. Visit mundeleinparks.org.
Carol Stream Park District Flashlight Egg Hunt: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Coyote Crossing Mini Golf, 27W650 North Ave, West Chicago. Bring a flashlight, basket and camera for photos with Bunny and Cody Coyote. Ages 3 to 12 check in 15 minutes prior to scheduled hunt time. Registration by April 15 required. $6, $9 for nonresidents. Register at www.csparks.org.
Naperville Park District Flashlight Egg Hunt: 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Knoch Hills Nature Center, Naperville. Ages 9 to 14 can hunt for prize-filled eggs under the stars. Refreshments will be served. Bring a flashlight and a bag or basket. $11, $16 for nonresidents. Register at napervilleparks.org.
Elmhurst Flashlight Egg Hunt: 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Wilder Park, 175 S. Prospect Ave. Kids ages 11 to 16 can hunt for eggs in the dark. Info: www.epd.org.
Glen Ellyn Flashlight Egg Hunt: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Churchill Park near Churchill School on St. Charles Road. Ages 7 to 10. Fee: $6 for residents, $9 for others. Register at gepark.org. Lisle Flashlight Easter egg hunt: 9 p.m. sharp Thursday, April 18, at Community Park Bandshell, 1825 Short St., Lisle. Preregistration is suggested. Arrive 10 minutes before your hunt time. Children currently enrolled in grades 6-9 will hunt for candy stuffed eggs in the dark. Grab your flashlight and basket. Cost by April 17 is $7 for residents, $10 for nonresidents; $10 on April 18. Register at lisleparkdistrict.org.
Glen Ellyn Egg Hunt: 9:30 and 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, at Maryknoll Park, 845 Pershing Ave., for kids 6 and younger. Preregistration required. Fee: $6 for residents, $9 for others. Easter Bunny available for pictures. Info: gepark.org.
Nitelite Egg Hunt: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich. Ages 9-12 can bring a flashlight to hunt for eggs outside at Paulus Park. Find golden eggs for big prizes and stay after to enjoy a party with a DJ, pizza and beverages. This event is a drop-off event; tweens only. $10 for residents, $12 for nonresidents. Registration required. Visit www.visitlakecounty.org.
Egg hunt at Arlington International: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20, Arlington International Racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. Egg hunt begins at 11:30 a.m. Arlington's annual event will offer about 30,000 eggs. Also, a DJ, bounce house, pony rides, and photo ops with Arli and the Easter Bunny. For an additional cost, families can join the Easter Bunny for breakfast in the Million Room Restaurant. Free admission. Visit www.arlingtonpark.com.
Naperville Jaycees Egg Hunt: 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Frontier Park Sports Complex, 3380 Cedar Glade Road, Naperville. Roughly 14,000 eggs hidden on four ball fields for kids younger than 2, ages 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8 at 36th annual event. Free; donations accepted. Parking is limited, so arrive at least 30 minutes early. Info: naperjaycees.org.
St. Peter Easter egg hunt: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, St. Peter United Church of Christ, 47 Church St., Lake Zurich. All children ages 2-12 are welcome to join in the fun. Call (847) 438-6441 or visit www.stpeterlz.org.
West Chicago Easter egg hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Reed-Keppler Park, just east of the ARC Center and Turtle Splash Water Park, West Chicago. Hosted by the West Chicago American Legion Post 300. Bring a basket. Info: (630) 231-2112.
VIP Easter egg hunt & Extravaganza: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, Bettendorf Castle, 418 Concord Ave., Fox River Grove. Meet princesses from Fairytale Celebrations, visit with mini therapy horses from Soul Harbor Ranch, and get a balloon character from Andrew with Kidz Magic. Two egg hunts will be offered: one is divided up by age in different areas of the Bettendorf Castle grounds, followed by one for all ages hunt in the field. More than 7,000 eggs filled with candy, toys and tickets to be redeemed for larger prizes. All VIP attendees will receive a T-shirt and refreshments. All proceeds go to the restoration of the Bettendorf Castle. $48.60; attendees over 12 are $38.09. Tickets required; visit www.bettendorfcastle.com.
Carol Stream Park District Bunny Bash: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Simkus Recreation Center, 849 W Lies Road. Ages 1 to 8 can join the Bunny for games, entertainment, bounce house, crafts, snacks and an egg hunt. Bring a basket. Fee by April 15 is $7/$10 for nonresidents, or $10/$15 after. Register at www.csparks.org.
Elmhurst Egg Hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Wilder Park, 175 S. Prospect Ave. Hunt starts at 10 a.m. sharp; Easter Bunny available for photos from 9 a.m. to noon. Doggie Eggstravaganza follows at 10:30 a.m. Info: www.epd.org.
Easter egg hunt at Hosanna!: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Hosanna! Lutheran Church, 36W925 Red Gate Road in St. Charles. Free community for children ages 2 to 12; must be accompanied by an adult. More than 4,000 eggs will be hidden. Visit www.HosannaChurch.com.
Egg hunt at Platt Hill: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Platt Hill Nursery, 2400 Randall Road in Carpentersville. Rain or shine. Children help find all the eggs the Easter Bunny has hidden around the store at 10 a.m. Get photos with the Easter Bunny. Visit www.platthillnursery.com.
Huntley Park District egg hunt: 10-11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, park at Recreation Center, 12015 Mill St., Huntley. For ages 8 and younger, divided by age group. Separate egg hunt for special needs kids. Features eggs, prizes, a DJ and photos with the bunny. Free, donations accepted. www.huntleyparks.org.
First Baptist Easter egg hint: 10:30 a.m.-noon Sunday, April 20, at First Baptist Church, 1735 W. Highland Ave., Elgin. Search for hundreds of hidden eggs, play games, do crafts, plus a free lunch for everyone. And visit from the Easter Bunny. RSVP at fbcelgin.com/easter
Woodridge Lions Club Egg Hunt: 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Jefferson Junior High School, 7200 Janes Ave., Woodridge. 50th annual Lion Jerry Pech Memorial Easter Egg Hunt features more than 5,000 plastic eggs filled with candy and prizes, and separate areas for five different age groups, including an area for children 2 years and under. Free; open to children 10 or under. Arrive at least 15 minutes early. Bring a basket or bag. Lions Club collecting nonperishable items for the West Suburban Community Pantry. Info: www.vil.woodridge.il.us.
Heritage Prairie Farm's Annual Easter egg hunt: 11 a.m. sharp Saturday, April 20, at the farm, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. There are two eggs hunt sections for age groups. A variety of children's activities, farm animals, and fun for the whole family. Free. www.heritageprairiefarm.com.
Family Easter egg hunt: 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, Christ Church Crossroads, Grayslake. Hear the meaning of Easter, enjoy an Easter egg hunt with hundreds of eggs and decorate an Easter cookie. Free. Visit christchurchil.org/egg-hunt.
Re/Max Center Easter egg hunt: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. Presented by Re/Max Center. For ages 1-9. Free admission. 10,000 eggs, 300 prizes. There will be time with the Easter Bunny and friends. Nonperishable food items will be collected for the township food pantry. Info: (847) 223-7878 or lcfair.com.
Carpentersville egg hunt: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, Carpenter Park, 351 Carpenter Blvd., Carpentersville. Inaugural event will feature 15,000 eggs, along with snacks, drinks, and photos with the bunny. Geared toward children up to age 10; kids will be divided into two groups: age 4 and younger and ages 5 to 10. The hunts will be held in 15-minute increments. Free. Visit www.cville.org.
Sleepy Hollow Service Club Easter egg hunt: Noon Saturday, April 20, in the fields of Sabatino Park, off Thorobred Lane. The hunt is divided into several age categories, including one for those with special needs. "Golden" tickets awards the bearer a grand prize. The Easter Bunny will mingle with the children and be available for pictures. Visit www.sleepyhollowil.org
South Elgin Spring Egg Hunt: Noon sharp Saturday, April 20, at Kenyon Woods, off Raymond Street. Bring a basket. Support the South Elgin Food Pantry by bringing canned food to this special event. The DJ will kick off the festivities at 11 a.m. Arrive at least 15 minutes early as the hunt starts on time and it only takes a short time to collect five eggs. Visit www.southelgin.com.
Aqua Egg Hunt: 1 and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, The Club at Prairie Stone, 5050 Sedge Blvd., Hoffman Estates. Put on your swimsuits and goggles and dive into the Aqua Egg Hunt. Sessions begin at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Participants must preregister. The cost is $15 for residents of Hoffman Estates and $20 for nonresidents. Visit HEParks.org or call (847) 885-7500.
Palatine Jaycees Egg Hunt: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, Oak Park, corners of Clark and Anderson drives, Palatine. The Palatine Jaycees will be entertaining local children up to 9 years with the annual Easter egg hunt at Oak Park. More than 3,500 eggs filled with candy and prizes. Children will be able to have their pictures taken by their parents with the Easter Bunny for a small donation. Visit www.palatinejaycees.org or email email@example.com.
Afternoon Easter egg hunt: 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, Bettendorf Castle, 418 Concord Ave., Fox River Grove. For those who want fewer "frills" than the VIP Egg Hunt & Extravaganza offers. $30; attendees older than 12 are $20. Tickets required; visit www.bettendorfcastle.com.
Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt: 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Highpoint Church, 1805 High Point Drive, Naperville. 10,000 eggs will be hidden throughout three floors. There will be three shifts and each floor is designated for a special age group: special needs and infant to preschool on the first floor; kindergarten to second grade on third floor; third to fifth grade on fourth floor. Doors open at 2 p.m. Register at www.highpoint.church/easter/. Also held at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Bolingbrook campus, 1251 Windham Pwy., Romeoville; and 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Wheaton campus, 1310 N. Main St., and North Aurora campus, 2310 Tanner Road.
Dog egg hunts
Hound Egg Hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Towne Square, 150 W. Palatine Road, Palatine. Check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m. This fun and enjoyable event consists of one egg hunt for small dogs at approximately 10:15 a.m. and a separate egg hunt for big dogs at approximately 10:25 a.m. A souvenir photo with a bunny mascot, eggs filled with treats, goody bag, and raffle entry are included in the registration fee. In addition to the egg hunt, participants will have the opportunity to visit with community sponsors. All owners must always have a leash and an eye on their dog. The preregistration fee is $8 per dog until 4 p.m. Friday, April 12, and will increase to $10 per dog the day of the event. Registration is accepted online at palatineparks.org or in person at one of three district registration offices, Birchwood Recreation Center, Community Center and Falcon Park Recreation Center. For information, contact Lisa Schroeder at (847) 496-6347 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doggie Eggstravaganza: 9:30-10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Bo's Run Dog Park, 3600 Lexington Drive; 11-11:30 a.m. Freedom Run Dog Park, 6150 Russell Drive, both in Hoffman Estates. Grab your favorite, four-legged friends and bring them to Doggie Eggstravaganza. Dogs will hunt for treat-filled eggs throughout the dog parks. Proof of vaccination and registration at $5 per dog required. Spectators welcome. For details and registration information visit HEParks.org or call (847) 885-7500.
Sugar Grove doggie egg hunt: 9:45 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Volunteer Park, 31 S. Main St., Sugar Grove. Dogs can sniff out treat-filled Easter eggs, socialize with other four-legged friends and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Free. (630) 466-7436.
Photos with the Easter Bunny: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, The Buddy Foundation, 65 W. Seegers Road, Arlington Heights. Bring your pets and children and join the fun. Enjoy one or all of the day's activities: Photo with the Easter Bunny (small donation per picture), raffles, egg hunt, bake sale, adoption eggstravaganza and more. www.thebuddyfoundation.org.
Spring Egg & Doggie Treat Hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Watts Ice Center, 305 Randolph St., Glencoe. Bring a basket and hunt for eggs filled with surprises for children and dogs throughout Watts Park. After the hunt, enjoy crafts, games and photos with the Spring Bunny. For Special Event weather information, call (847) 258-9050. www.glencoeparkdistrict.com.
Doggie Egg Hunt: noon Saturday, April 13, at the Bark Park at West Main Community Park, 40W101 Main St., Batavia. Ninth annual event with special prize eggs will be hidden throughout the Bark Park as well. Registration begins on-site at 11:30 a.m. and owners are invited to come early or stick around afterward to browse a variety of pet-friendly booths from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Cost is $10 per dog. Dogs must be leashed during the event. Bring a basket for all your goodies. www.bataviaparks.org.
Wood Dale Park District Doggie Egg Hunt: Noon Saturday, April 13, at Cabin Nature Center/White Oaks Dog Park, 111 S. Wood Dale Road. Costume contest held after the hunt. $3 per dog. Register at wdparks.org.
Roselle Park District Doggie Egg Hunt: 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, Odlum Dog Park, 1582 Travis Parkway, Roselle. Bring a basket and camera. Refreshments will be served for dog owners and their families. If you are not a Roselle Park District Pooch Pass holder, proof of vaccinations is needed at time of registration. Fee is $6 or $10 for non-Pooch Pass holder. Register at www.rparks.org.
St. Charles Doggie Egg Hunt: 2-3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, River Bend Community Park, 6N517 Geneva Ave., St. Charles. When your dog touches one of the plastic eggs with their nose, into your basket it goes. Dogs must be leashed at all times. The hunt begins promptly at 2 p.m. Great opportunity for you and your pet to get a picture with the Easter Bunny. Several pet-friendly vendors will be on site. All dogs must be kept on a nonretractable leash (maximum 6 feet), be current on all vaccinations and visibly wear tags. $4-$7. Register at stcparks.org
Elmhurst Doggie Egg Hunt, Costume Contest: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Wilder Park, 175 S. Prospect, Elmhurst. Join Elmhurst Park District for annual spring event. After the kids egg hunt is completed, there will be a dog costume contest, followed by a doggie egg hunt. Info: www.epd.org.
Mr. Rabbit's Spring Fling: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Robert W. Rolek Community Center, 814 Hart Road, Round Lake. Games, prizes, art projects, and a special snack. For ages 1-6. Visit Mr. Rabbit in the Neighborhood. Space is limited; register early. Visit www.rlapd.org.
Downers Grove Easter Candy Hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Fishel Park, 1000 Grove St. Ages 4 to 9. Bring sealed food donation for Downers Grove Area FISH Food Pantry. Info: www.dgparks.org.
Spring Fever Festival: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Vaughan Athletic Center, 2121 W. Indian Trail in Aurora. Featuring egg decorating, music, crafts, games, snacks, and more. Special guest appearance from the Easter Bunny. Register for $7 at www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.
'Peter Rabbit' at Cantigny: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14, at Cantigny Park Visitors Center Theater, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton. Enjoy a continuous screening of the 2018 feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer's vegetable garden. Movie is complimentary; parking $5. Cantigny.org or (630) 668-5161.
Family Egg Decorating Night: 6:45-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, Pat Shephard Center, 421 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. Bring the whole crew and a dozen hard-boiled eggs for this fun family activity. All the egg decorating supplies needed will be on hand or you may bring your own. While the eggs dry, participants will enjoy a flashlight egg hunt in Safety Park (weather permitting). Don't forget your eggs, basket and flashlight. For ages 1 to 14. Cost is $7 for residents and $9 for nonresidents. For information, www.parkfun.com.
Downtown Batavia Egg Hop: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20. Starting at 10 a.m., hop around downtown businesses to find eggs filled with goodies and possibly a chance to win raffle prizes and gift certificates donated by downtown Batavia businesses. At 9:45 a.m. the first 500 children will receive goody bags filled with treats from sponsors. Age 3 and younger egg hunt from 10:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Peg Bond Center; Spring Stories with the Batavia Public Library at 10:30 a.m. at Peg Bond Center; Learn the Bunny Hop with Batavia Academy of Dance at 11 a.m.; and Easter Story with River City Church at 11:30 a.m. Hosted by Batavia MainStreet and River City Church. downtownbatavia.com.
The Easter Bunny at Hawthorn Mall: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Saturday, April 20, Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills. Hawthorn Mall invites children and their families to welcome the Easter Bunny. Free; professional photos will be available for purchase. Children will receive a complimentary pair of bunny ears. Visit www.shophawthornmall.com.
Adult Flashlight Egg Hunt: 7-10 p.m. Saturday, April 13, Kasperson Center for Scouting, 850 Forest Edge Drive, Vernon Hills. Adult flashlight egg hunt presented by the Northeast Illinois Council, Boy Scouts of America. More than 3,000 eggs will be hidden at the location. Guests will find as many eggs as they can. More than 300 prizes awarded to lucky eggs. Your support stays with local Scouting programs. $15- $25 includes food voucher, cash bar. For information, http://neic.org/adultegghunt2019.
Adults-Only Flashlight Egg Hunt and Trivia Night: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, Schaumburg Tennis Plus, 1416 N. Payne Road, Schaumburg. Call the baby sitter, gather up your friends and register for this adults-only event. This event will start with a trivia competition with prizes for the top teams, followed by the egg hunt. After the hunt, crack open your eggs at the bar and enjoy some light appetizers. Be sure to bring a flashlight. Preregistration is required by Friday, April 12. This event is for ages 21 and older. Cost is $8 for residents and $10 for nonresidents. For information, www.parkfun.com
Wauconda Bunny Hop: 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20, Cook Memorial Park Skate Park, 600 N. Main St., Wauconda. The eighth annual Bunny Hop will feature a 4-mile, chip-timed route and a 2-mile fun run/walk. All proceeds will benefit the Wauconda Township Historical Society, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and Wauconda High School Future Business Leaders of America. Packet pickup will start at 7:30 a.m. To register, visit waucondabunnyhop.webs.com.
Bunny Rock 5K Walk/Run: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Dave & Buster's parking lot, 424 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills. Grab some bunny who loves you and join the first Bunny Rock 5K Walk/Run and Egg Hunt. The 5K starts at 8:30 a.m., and the egg hunt for children ages 2-10 begins at 9:45 a.m. This event is hosted by Adrenaline Special Events. Participants can hop, skip, walk or run to the finish line sporting bunny ears, neon sunglasses and Dri-Fit T-shirt, all provided with registration. The egg hunt will include 3,000 candy filled eggs and be accompanied by a live petting zoo with more than 20 animals -- including ducks, goats, lambs and more. Opportunities to take pictures with the Easter Bunny will be available. Egg hunt participants will receive bunny ears and sunglasses, as well as a basket to collect their eggs. Proceeds from this inaugural event will benefit Reach Rescue, Inc., a nonprofit, no-kill shelter dedicated to rescuing, fostering and sheltering homeless animals. For information and to register visit bunnydash5k.com. For information, email email@example.com.
Natural Egg Dyeing: noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Blvd., Elgin. Fee: $2 for 2 eggs. Use natural dyes -- onion skins, spices, berries and much more -- just like native peoples and pioneers used before chemical dyes were available. Test out new design techniques on your eggs and explore the museum while eggs are drying. No registration required for this drop-in program. www.elginpublicmuseum.org.
Breakfast, lunch and brunch
Bunny Breakfast Eggstravaganza: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at First United Methodist Church of West Chicago, 643 E. Washington St. Free pancake breakfast (gluten-free too), sausage and drinks; games and activities; and egg hunt for children (and their families) through fifth grade at 10:30 a.m. www.facebook.com/wegoumcucc/
Bartlett Woman's Club 44th Bunny Lunch: 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Bartlett Park District Community Center Oak Room, 700 S. Bartlett Road, Bartlett. Doors open at 11 a.m. and lunch is served at noon. Tickets are $8 per person, and includes pizza donated by Pasta Mia and dessert from 2 Toots Train Whistle Grill. All children receive gift bags and a raffle ticket to win a prize. Face painting and balloons are included. Bring cameras for pictures with the Bunny. No strollers will be allowed, limited seating. Reservations must be made; contact Cristina at (630) 289-8426 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.bartlettwomansclub.org.
Breakfast with the Bunny: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, Poplar Creek Country Club, 1400 Poplar Creek Drive, Hoffman Estates. Children will receive a special gift from the Easter Bunny and a helicopter egg drop will scatter the fun for all. Reservations are required. The fee is $13.95 for adults and children ages 4 and older; $5.95 for children ages 3 and younger. For details and registration information visit HEParks.org or call (847) 885-7500.
Lombard Park District Lunch with the Bunny: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Lombard Community Building, 433 E. St. Charles Road. Mr. Bunny will be posing for photos with each child for a complimentary keepsake. Families can enjoy pizza, sandwiches, "carrot juice," s'mores, and more. Cost is $12/$17 for age 3 or under; $15/$17 for age 3 to 18; and $12/$15 for age 18 or older. Register at www.lombardparks.com.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Center for Senior Citizens, 260 Civic Center Plaza, Glendale Heights. All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and photos with the Easter Bunny. No registration is required. Fee at the door is $5, $3 for age 4 to 12; photos are $2 each. Info: www.ghprf.com.
Villa Park Breakfast with the Bunny: 9 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Iowa Community Center, 338 N. Iowa Ave. Kids, 10 or under, can enjoy breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by egg hunt, separated by age groups. Bring a basket and camera for photos with the Bunny. $15; $10 for age 11 and up (breakfast only). Preregistration encouraged at www.invillapark.com.
Brunch with the Easter Bunny: Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14, at Le Jardin at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton. Treat your family to a hearty buffet at Le Jardin inside the Cantigny Visitors Center and have the little ones photographed with the Easter Bunny. Seatings at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. A strolling balloon artist and face painter will provide entertainment. Cost: $38 ages 13 and up; $33 ages 4-10; $5 ages 3 and under. Prices include tax, gratuity and parking. For reservations, visit Cantigny.org or (630) 668-5161.
Breakfast with the Bunny: Saturdays, April 13 and 20, and Sunday, April 14, at Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. Seatings at 9 and 11 a.m. each day. Free is $29.95 or $21.95 for age 3 to 11. Entertainment by Banjo Buddies and costume characters. Photos with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny. Register at www.czs.org/breakfastwithbunny.
Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny: 6:30 p.m. Sunday April 14, at Yorktown Center, 203 Yorktown Center, Lombard. Take your furry friend for photos with the Easter Bunny. Photo packages available. Reservations not required. Enter through Entrance 5, near Butterfield Road -- next to Von Maur and beneath The Eatery. All animals must be on a leash and supervised at all times. Info: (630) 629-7330 or yorktowncenter.com.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, Pottawatomie Community Center, 8 North Ave., St. Charles. Meet the Easter Bunny and get your picture taken with him. Decorate and eat your own bunny-face breakfast pancake. Dance the Bunny Hop! Ages 11 months or younger are free. Participants must be accompanied by a registered parent. One parent may accompany multiple children from the same household. Advance registration required. $10 residents, $15 nonresidents. stcparks.org.
Lambs Farm Bunny Brunch: Seatings at 9 and 10:30 a.m. and noon Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, Lambs Farm, I-94 and Route 176, Libertyville. Enjoy a buffet at the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery and a visit in the Bunny Patch, where children can enjoy spring crafts and activities and get a photo with the Easter Bunny. Some of Lambs Farm's adorable farmyard friends will also be available for petting and learning. $17.95; $7.95 for children 23 months and younger with activities. For reservations, call the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery, at (847) 362-5050. Visit www.lambsfarm.org.
West Chicago Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at ARC Center, 201 W. National St., West Chicago. Each child will get a chance to visit with the Easter Bunny and complete an Easter craft from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Easter story and activities at 9:15 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., the Easter Bunny will head over the egg hunt. Fee for age 2 to 12 is $7 or $9 for nonresidents; for 13 or older, $10/$12. Register at www.we-goparks.org.
Roselle Park District Brunch with the Bunny: 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Clauss Recreation Center, 555 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Roselle. Brunch from 9:30 to 11 a.m. with egg hunt in Clauss Park baseball fields from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. Bring a camera for photos with the Easter Bunny and a basket. Fee for brunch and egg hunt is $15/$17 for age 4 and up or $6 for age 3 or under; $6 for egg hunt only. Register at www.rparks.org.
Chicago Botanic Garden Easter Egg Brunch: Seatings at 9, 10, and 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 21, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Celebrate spring and enjoy a festive Easter brunch at the Garden in Nichols Hall at the Regenstein Center. Bring a basket for the Easter egg hunt in the Krasberg Rose Garden after brunch. Adults: $38/$43; ages 3-12: $27/$32; children 2 and younger free. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org.
Easter Breakfast Buffet: 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 21, at Elgin American Legion Post 57, 820 N. Liberty St. The menu includes eggs made to order, omelets, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, potatoes, bacon, sausage, pastries, fruits, juices, and more. For details, call (847) 741-1684 or visit www.alelginpost57.com.
Easter Brunch at Lincolnshire Marriott Resort: 10 a.m. Sunday, April 21, Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. Hosted in the resort's Grand Marquee Pavilion, brunch features a bountiful spread of savory and sweet dishes, Easter Bunny visit and Easter egg hunt. $48 for adults; $22 for children 12 and younger. Visit www.chicagomarriottlincolnshire.com.
Lambs Farm Easter Brunch: 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, Lambs Farm, I-94 and Route 176, Libertyville. Buffet features freshly carved meats, breakfast classics, fresh fruit and vegetables, and a dessert table with treats from the bakery. $26.95, $10.95 for ages 2-12 and free for 23 months and younger. For reservations, call the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery, at (847) 362-5050. Visit www.lambsfarm.org.
Easter Brunch: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 21, Bridges of Poplar Creek, 1400 Poplar Creek Drive, Hoffman Estates. Enjoy a special brunch with all of the classics. Easter Brunch is served buffet-style and reservations are required. The cost is $29.95 for adults, $15.95 for children ages 4-12, and free for children ages 3 and younger. For details and registration information visit HEParks.org or call (847) 885-7500.